About Us


Mama Yolanda’s Traditional Sauces® (MYTS) was founded by Darek W. Haupt, CEC in 2014 after a 30-year career as an executive chef specializing in Italian haute cuisine. During this time, he was tutored in “peasant cuisine” by a first-generation Italian grandma named Yolanda who helped him understand the origin and preparation of the foods he grew up enjoying as a boy. The name of our company is an homage to this fine woman. The original sauce recipes produced by MYTS were developed over many years as a result of this tutelage.

Mr. Haupt grew up with two brothers in a semi-rural northern New Jersey village that was almost entirely of Italian descent. The ladies who managed these multi-generational households always had fresh, homemade dishes which they liberally shared with these German-Welsh boys and their parents. They established an appreciation of this cuisine that would be the foundation of Mr. Haupt’s culinary journey, which would ultimately take him to the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, NY where he graduated with honors.

MYTS is a North Carolina-based, family-owned company that was originally founded in 2014 in New Jersey. Since one of our owners is paraplegic, the family recently relocated from New Jersey to the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area because of its advanced availability of Paralympic-type sporting activities and world-class medical facilities. Our business was reincorporated as a North Carolina company in late summer of 2019. Our ultimate goal is to produce a wide array of high-quality, American-sourced-and-made sauces and associated goods that are sold on supermarket and big box store shelves across the United States.

Our company tagline is “No Artificial Anything”. We never add sugar to our sauces in any form, and all our flavor comes from wholesome, natural ingredients. The three grams of sugar in each serving of Authentic Italian Tomato Gravy and Classic Vodka Sauce are natural by-products from the onions and carrots.

Please email info@mamayolandas.com with any questions about our products and our business. Thank you!